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A History of Service

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About Grantham University

20+ Year's of Changing Lives

Since 2001, under LPF’s leadership, our wholly-owned institution, Grantham University, has continued to serve a student-centered mission, delivering online degree and certificate programs that align with workforce needs. Important milestones include:

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Grantham University & The Level Playing Field

20 Years of Impact

November 2000
LPF acquires distance learning pioneer Grantham College of Engineering in Slidell, LA
November 2000
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2002
Backed by LPF, Grantham offers scholarships for Active Duty, Veterans & Military families. Net result = zero out of pocket costs for service members to attend college - that continues to this day some twenty years later.
2002
2003
"The middle class is being marginalized", LPF Founder Tom Macon, shares as part of Congressman McKeon's Roundtable Discussion on the College Cost Crisis .
2003
2005
4 of 5 of Grantham’s buildings in Slidell, LA are destroyed by Hurricane Katrina
2005
2006
Mayor Kay Barnes cuts the ribbon on Grantham’s new campus in Kansas City, MO.

Office of Personnel Management's GoLearn Selects Grantham University as one of five degree-granting universities for the new IDIQ contracting vehicle to increase employee access to high quality e-Learning products and services that advance agency missions.

2006
2010
Grantham selected for a pilot program aboard the USS Missouri nuclear submarine to determine how distance education could sustain underwater, for months, without connectivity. A FIRST of its kind in the Navy. Watch video.

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & Grantham establish historic partnership to offer annual scholarships.

2010
2011
Grantham University celebrates 60 years of serving those who serve.

LPF Founder & CEO, Tom Macon, awarded Black's in Government W.E.B. DuBois Award recognizing Grantham as a leading institution supporting the education needs of the African American community.

Grantham receives Innovative Best Practice/New Program Award for its VIP2 and SSS training programs.
2011
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2014
Grantham cuts ribbon on new main campus facility in Lenexa, KS and receives PEAK program recognition.
2014
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2016
Grantham is first 100% online institution to receive ABET accreditation for Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology program.

In partnership with Kansas City Chiefs, Grantham awards Gold Star Memorial Scholarship to wife of U.S. Army soldier killed in action in Iraq in 2008.

Grantham University confers 20,000th degree.
2016
2020
30,000 viewers attend Grantham University’s first virtual commencement celebrating 2556 graduates

LPF Founder & CEO Tom Macon receives Cristo Rey President’s Decade of Gratitude Award for Grantham's 10 years of service in local historically underserved communities.

Grantham Nursing program receive CCNE programmatic accreditation.

Grantham awards $5,000 in Healthcare Heroes grants to students and alumni across the country who are helping to fight the pandemic in their communities.
2020
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2021
Grantham University celebrates 70th anniversary.

Grantham University awards $30,000+ in community grants to local non-profits. Since 2017, Grantham has awarded more than $175k in community grants.
2021